Philippines aims to top 2017's fifth place finish in 10th ASEAN Para Games
Danine Cruz on Jan 22, 2019 08:42 PM
The Philippines will host the ASEAN Para Games for the second time since 2005.
Exactly a year before the 10th ASEAN Para Games kicks off in 2020, the Philippine Paralympic Committee held a formal countdown kickoff last Friday at the Novotel Manila in Cubao, Quezon City.
Around 2,000 para athletes with physical, visual, and intellectual disabilities from Southeast Asian countries will travel to the Philippines as the nation hosts the biannual multisport event in January 2020. It will take place after the SEA Games in December 2019.
As of press time, 14 medal events were already finalized namely Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Cycling, Volleysitting, Wheelchair-Basketball, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, and Table Tennis.
However, PPC President Michael Barredo expressed that after some considerations, four more events might be included in the list.
"We have a minimum of 14 events, a maximum of 18. We have 14 confirmed, two under evaluation, two requested in this last meeting. Yung dalawang for evaluation is paratriathlon which will be held in Subic. Yung isa, football 7-a-side, cerebral palsy ito. Ang dalawang hiningi na event kung pwede is shooting at wheelchair tennis, yun ang hinahabol," Barredo explained.
He also expressed that the Philippines will for sure be represented in the 14 confirmed events. As for the other four sports, the committee is still in the process of team formation.
This delegation will go all out as the host country will target to beat 2017's fifth place finish where the Philippines bagged 20 golds, 20 silvers, and 29 bronzes.
"Magandang conservative target for Para Games is at least fourth place. Kung kakayanin natin na talunin yung top three countries, pipilitin natin yan," Barredo added.
This is the second time that the Philippines will host the prestigious regional parasporting event. The first hosting was held back in 2005.